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Suspect in Houston kidnapping case arrested in ETX

Source: San Augustine Co. Sheriff's Dept. Source: San Augustine Co. Sheriff's Dept.

SAN AUGUSTINE CO., TX (KTRE) – A woman suspected of kidnapping her neighbor's then 8 month old baby has been arrested in San Augustine.

Investigators say the kidnapping case has come full circle. 

San Augustine County investigators say Krystle Rochelle Tanner, 26, has evaded law enforcement for 8 years.  In 2004, Tanner lived in Houston and was babysitting a neighbor's child when both the child and Tanner turned up missing.  The baby's mother contacted Houston authorities for help.  An investigation was launched to try and locate the missing child.  Tanner's family was uncooperative with the investigation, according to a report by Houston police. 

In February 2005, HPD detectives took the case to the Harris County District Attorney's office.  The D-A accepted the kidnapping case but due a technicality a warrant was never issued.  The case fell through the cracks and was closed in 2006, according to Gary Cunningham, Chief Deputy, San Augustine Sheriff's department.

For several years there were no new developments in the case.  Then in August of last year, Child Protective Services in San Augustine received a report concerning Krystle Tanner and her relationship with her newborn and 8 year old child.  "There were allegations of negligent supervision and a CPS investigation began," said Cunningham.

Cunningham said CPS investigators could not locate the 8 year old, believed to be the missing Houston baby.  He also said Tanner and her boyfriend provided ‘false and misleading information' concerning the child.  The CPS investigation reached as far as Austin, where Tanner's mother lived, but there were no leads to the whereabouts of the 8 year old.

In January, a CPS supervisor contacted the San Augustine County Sheriff's department to conduct a criminal investigation on Tanner.  A series of interviews, a joint investigation by the sheriff's office and CPS led them back to Houston and the 2004 kidnapping allegations against Tanner.

Tanner was arrested Monday afternoon for kidnapping.  She is being held without bond.  Authorities say she remains uncooperative with law enforcement and they still have not found the missing child.

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